Waterfalls & Caves
The magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall (sea of milk in Konkani) is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The exuberant and spectacular waterfall is located in the Sanguem taluka.
Measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot and India’s fifth tallest waterfall, it is situated on the Goa-Karnataka border, attracts a steady stream of visitors from the coast into the rugged Western Ghats. The falls are set amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine tropical forest, that is only accessible on foot or by train.
Situated in the Sanguem Taluka, it is over an area of 211 sq km and is connected to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. To protect the Western Ghats, the government has declared the entire area as a wildlife sanctuary. Tourists and locals trek through the jungle and knee deep waters to get to the refreshing falls.
Tambdi Surla Falls
Trekking through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, will take you to the falls. On the way, you will come across the Mahavir Tambdi Surla Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the only surviving temples of the Kadamba dynasty. The waterfalls are situated in a picturesque location with green foliage all around and offers a private respite to the noisy cities.
Located in the Bicholim town of North Goa, these caves are ancient rock cut caves that give us a chance to steep into mythological tales. Dating back to 6th century, legend has it that the Pandavas (from the epic Mahabharata) sort refuge in these caves during their exile. Some have claimed these caves to be Buddhist. Opinions regarding the origin of the caves have been ambivalent. Located near to the caves, is the Arvalem waterfalls, which is a beautiful sight in the monsoons and a respite to the locals.
These caves are basically free standing caves cut with rocks that form the major tourist attraction in Goa. The origin of these caves dates back to almost about 10th and 11th centuries, when the style of temples was mainly structural. These caves are located at Khandepar, in the northern part of Goa, and have been carved out of a hillock.
Three caves lie side by side, and these are carved from a single block. There is a fourth cave that lies opposite to these caves at a little distance. The rock cut appearances in the caves also give a feeling of the origin of the cave during the Buddhist period.